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That focus on either/and/or security, privacy, anonymity, source-available, Freedom Software.


  • Slogan: "Privacy by Design"
  • A project from the Calyx Institute, New York, a "non-profit education and research organization"
  • Free and Open Source Software -> [archive]
  • Uses microG for implementing Google's proprietary services
  • Hardware: Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL
  • [archive]





Librem 5[edit]


  • Previously called Cyanogenmod
  • No google services installed by default (good for privacy and security).
  • Google services can be optionally installed as an add-on
  • Hardware: after market firmware for loads of devices, including Fairphone and OnePlus
  • [archive]



  • Not all Freedom Software by default but software modifications permitted
    • Hardware that grants users the "right to flash"
    • (Root and custom ROM allowed without voiding warranty)
  • Hardware: OnePlus 3, 3T, 5, 5T (current models)
  • [archive]



Plasma Mobile[edit]


  • Very early stage of development
  • Linux distro (based on Alpine Linux) on the phone
  • Hardware: many devices, including Google Nexus models and Fairphone 2
  • [archive]


Ubuntu Touch[edit]



This applies to almost all users of Android. [2]

  • Weak privacy policies: The Google privacy policy [archive] applies to all Google services and ecosystems. This includes the right to collect information such as: [3]
    • Personal information: Name, email address, and telephone number.
    • Device-specific information: Hardware model, operating system, unique device identifiers, mobile network information.
    • Log information: Search queries, telephony log information (phone number, calling-party number, forwarding numbers, time and date of calls, duration of calls, SMS routing information and types of calls), IP address, browser-specific cookies, and device event information (crashes, system activity, hardware settings, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your request and referral URL).
    • Location information: IP address, GPS, and other sensors providing information on nearby services such as Wi-Fi access points and cell towers. It was recently discovered [archive] Google continues to track users even after they opt-out of Location History. [4]
    • Unique application numbers: Information on application types and version numbers.
    • Local storage: Storing personal information locally with local browser storage (like HTML5) and application data caches.


Forum Discussion[edit] [archive]

  1. [archive]

    CopperheadOS source code for all devices and Nexus builds are made available to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license, along with some portions that are GPL2 (kernel) or GPL3 (F-Droid).

    Devices purchased from our store come with a per-device commercial license for the official builds.

    Contact for obtaining commercial licensing for the source code, bulk sales of devices or custom development work. Funding the public release of CopperheadOS sources under more permissive licensing is also an option.

  2. Except to the few users using after market firmwares that resist flashing google play services. [archive]
  3. Google's insistence on real-name policies for Gmail and Youtube accounts, along with strict measures to prevent signing up via Tor, have significantly contributed to user profiling. Google has also dropped its ban on personally-identifiable information in advertisement services.
  4. Meaning Google applications continue to store time-stamped location data without user input.

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